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River Crossing Soundscape Project

 – an expression of place in sound and music


Diary of the process / FAQs / The sounds & music


Traffic on the new Walterdale Bridge, canoes on the North Saskatchewan, Metis Fiddle music, Powwow dance music, French folk song, jazz, and the sounds of the natural environment of the River Valley: all these and more come together in the River Crossing Soundscape Project.

Through a series of workshops and consultations with area residents and traditional musicians the Schoen Duo have constructed a soundscape which evokes the rich cultural tapestry of the River Crossing area.

Workshops (open to all, no previous experience required):
  • Thanks to everyone who came out to the workshops! The piece is now under construction, based on what you brought to us. This includes:
    • sounds of the river valley: leaves, water, birds
    • sounds of crossing the river: bridge traffic, canoes, trains, ferries
    • Cree powwow drumming & singing
    • French and Scots lullabies and folksongs
    • Métis fiddle tunes
    • Eastern European and Middle Eastern melodies
    • an original jazzy tune from an improv session
Open rehearsal:
  • The rehearsal was a great success. Thanks to the Mountain Soul Singers for coming in to town to work with us. Looking forward to the concerts! Click here for a sneak preview.
Presentation of finished work:
  • Friday Nov 30, 2018 – 7:30 pm Ortona Armoury
    • Free Admission: Advance Tickets available on Eventbrite
  • Saturday Dec 1, 2018 – 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm Rossdale Community Hall
    • Free Admission: Advance Tickets available on Eventbrite
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Hear Kathleen describing the project to Mark Connolly on CBC radio’s Edmonton AM 

 


 

Salterello (excerpt)

Salterello (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Salterello-preview.mp3

Siciliana (excerpt)

Siciliana (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Siciliana-preview.mp3

Three Reel Studies (excerpt)

Three Reel Studies (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/3-reel-studies-preview.mp3

Red River Dances (excerpt)

Red River Dances (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Red-River-Dances-Preview.mp3

Variations on an Old Swedish Folksong (excerpt)

Variations on an Old Swedish Folksong (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kuhlau-Variations-Preview.mp3

Profile (excerpts)

In this EP we demonstrate the wide variety of styles we can cover. Medieval and Baroque music on period instruments, modern compositions that recall folk traditions, Native American and Metis melodies, and, of course, a little bit of classical music too.   About the Music: Salterello: This anonymous Italian dance from c.1400 is played on […]